Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Hazelnut Macaroons #Dairyfree #Glutenfree {Haselnuss Makronen}

Another day, another cookie :)  -  I rarely bake cookies - well you know, besides the usual chocolate chip - during the rest of the year, so in December I make up for all those other non-baking times...

Did you know that over ninety percent of all hazelnuts grown in the United States are grown in Oregon?  Yup - so maybe I should call them the Oregon Special Cookie ;) The Hazelnut Macaroons are very nutty, with a nice crunch from the hazelnut on top.  Not too sweet - just right; well, at least by my book :)
Hazelnut Macaroons {Haselnuss Makronen}

Hazelnut Macaroons
3 Egg Whites
1 pinch of salt
1/2 C Sugar
Pinch of Cinnamon
2-3/4 C shelled hazelnuts
app. 1/2 C {or more} shelled hazelnuts for topping
1. Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until very firm,
2. Grind 2-3/4 C of hazelnuts to "meal"
3. Add 1/4 C of sugar and continue beating for at least another two minutes.
4. Combine hazelnut meal, with remaining sugar, and pinch of cinnamon
5. Add hazelnut/sugar/cinnamon mixture to the egg whites. Carefully mix nuts under the egg white
6. Line Baking sheet with parchment paper
7. Drop - using two teaspoons - hazelnut batter onto cookie sheets {individual little dollops}
8. When all the batter is used up, top each cookie with a hazelnut
*Preheat oven to 275 F
9. When oven is preheated bake for app. 25 minutes - take out of the oven and let them cool down
    before packing them into cookie tins...


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